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 01-13-2010, 09:50 Post: 168018
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 Diesel fuel for parts washer solvent

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"Varsol" is a trademark of Exxon's Chemical Division. I learned something today, according to the Exxon website it is just a variant of mineral spirits! It has been chemically altered though from the 'standard' stuff to greatly reduce its rate of evaporation.It also says it's widely available since it's "prodcuced globally under license to ExxonMobil".Best of luck.



Thanks Murf. I'll look it up. If it's been altered to have less odor than mineral spirits that would be even better Smile

I learned something today too. Not all parts washing cabinets are compatible with petroleum distillates. I dunno, in my troglodyte mind it seems that a petroleum distillate that doesn't mix with water is environmentally safer than a bunch of harsh chemicals that do.






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 01-18-2010, 19:38 Post: 168129
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 Diesel fuel for parts washer solvent

I've also been contemplating which "fluid" to use in a parts washer and have toyed with the idea of using WD-40. "Warped thinking" Wink yeah right being WD does a great job of loosing crud and it provides a 'oil finish' to prevent corrosion. Also it is readily available at numerous retailers. I'm open to any suggestions. I haven't as of yet decided on any specific parts washer yet and would purchase the 'chosen/appropriate/d' fluid at that time. Thanks






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 01-18-2010, 23:02 Post: 168130
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 Diesel fuel for parts washer solvent

To throw out some info, In cleaning machine tools I have used mineral spirits (paint thinner)with some success but it is a mild and slow solvent, I find Naphtha more aggressive but still will not remove the paint, don't think I would use it in a washer though.
For water based where items can be dried before rust issues, I just tried Zep (at HD) citrus degreaser on painted items with success. But for the ultimate, try Zep "Purple Degreaser", at full strength you will be amazed, but do not use on paint (it will strip it right off) and do not use on aluminum (it will eat/etch instantly).
Do use gloves and eye protection.
I built a large sink to wash parts with water based degreaser and have good results washing and rinsing with hot water, the heated parts dry fast enough to beat most "flash rust".






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